Present Perfect

Ok so we have been tackling this terribly difficult verb tense to put into practice.

Theoretically we understand it:

1. Unspecific

2. Repetitive action in the past

3. Started in the past but unfinished

Here is why I think it is so confusing for most people.

  • For and since can both be used with the past perfect.
  • Since can only be used with perfect tenses, for can also be used with the simple past.

Here is a great video compilation where you can hear it being used in every day situations.  Enjoy!

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Guy Claxton in Argentina

It is that time of year again and we are blessed to be able to receive the acclaimed professor Guy Claxton! Wait, let me guess, you have no idea who the guy is. Right? (Sorry, pun is totally intended) Well, Guy Claxton is one of my educational hero. He is better known for his bestseller, “What’s the Point of School,” where he basically criticizes the current standardized educational system and provides a new scientifically and psychologically based frame work to change the way we are teaching youth around the world and essentially change the world into a better place while doing so.

Now, in some counties, these changes are already taking place. And, while Argentina is surprisingly progressive in their methodology on a creative and intuitive level, they are lacking this framework that would allow them to work systematically through their creativity, providing a bit more organization. The good news is, there are dozens of schools eager to innovate their current methodology, and some that are even interested in Mr. Claxton’s theory of Building Learning Power.

One of the local schools here in Rosario is so interested in fact, they have sponsored the upcoming event and have plans in place to begin applying Building Learning Power, not only within the classroom, but rather as an overall innovation of their current framework.

This school is El Colegio Espanol de Rosario.  In fact, their goal is not only to begin changing the culture of their school, but to become the first BLP school in Argentina. THAT is what I call innovative!

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I am placing flyer here, in the case that any of you are teachers and are interested in attending! Which, I highly recommend you do!

Gerund or Infinitive?

Do you often get confused about when to use the Infinitive or Gerund? It is normal! The key is memorization, but, here is a quick little review.

Infinitive: I love to run along the river

Gerund: I love running along the river.

Common Verbs Followed by an Infinitive

afford
come
prefer
hope
tend
continue
turn out
ask
decide
deserve
learn
refuse
want
can’t afford
long
wish
can’t bear
would like
can’t stand
can’t wait
get
need
seem
grow up
offer
start

Common verbs followed by Gerund

practice
enjoy
prefer
prevent
understand
allow
appreciate
stop
practice
feel like
prevent
begin
finish
can’t help
give up
quit
start
celebrate
imagine
justify
recommend
keep
continue
regret
mind
miss
suggest
support

And some words can be used by both structures:

*begin* *like* *hate* *want* *try*

Watch the video below (only the first two sections of Infinitive and Gerund – not Bare Infinitive)  Then complete the exercise with either Gerund or Infinitive.

Fill in the blanks with either GERUND OR INFINITIVE.

 

  1. I want_________________(break) free.
  2. I can’t help________________(fall) in love with you.
  3. I need ________________(feel) real love.
  4. I know I tend________________(get) so insecure.
  5. I’d like _________________(make) myself believe.
  6. I don’t mind_______________(spend) every day.
  7. …struggling______________(pay) rent…
  8. Today I don’t feel like_______________(do) anything.
  9. There was a time I used________________(look) into my father’s eyes.
  10. I hate_____________(turn) up out of the blue uninvited.
  11. We refused ________________(run).
  12. A tiger’s waiting_____________(be) tamed, singing…
  13. So I cross my heart and I hope____________(die).
  14. Now, I’m done______________(believe) you.
  15. Tonight we’re going________________(be) getting on the floor.
  16. What am I supposed_______________(do)

Mas Amor Por Favor

Today we talked about social movements. What they are, how they are started and how to start on of our own.

Here is an amazing video about starting a social movement and the importance of followers rather than leaders.

 

 

If you feel inspired to follow me in the social movement I put into motion last week here is how you can do so:

Each Sunday, sit down, make 7 cards with phrases on them.

The phrases should be inspirational and come from the love inside you.

Then, as you walk through your day, be present. Pay attention.

When you see someone that looks like they could use some love, give them a card.

Smile.

And walk away, knowing, you just made their day a little better.

Here are some examples of cards I have made.

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Also, if you need inspiration for quotes and phrases, just let me know!!!